Cubs Set Opening Day Roster, Purchase Contracts of Lillibridge and Takahashi

The Cubs announced the 2013 Opening Day roster prior to Sunday’s deadline. As expected, the Cubs purchased the contracts of Brent Lillibridge and Hisanori Takahashi from Triple-A Iowa and added both players to the 40-man roster. To make room on the 40-man, Scott Baker was placed on the 60-day DL.

With the additions of Lillibridge and Takahashi, the Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 40-players.

As expected both Matt Garza and Ian Stewart were placed on the 15-day DL and Brett Jackson was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. J.C. Boscan was re-assigned to minor league camp and should open the season as Iowa’s everyday catcher.

Steve Clevenger also made the Cubs’ 25-man roster out of camp. Clevenger will be on the only back-up infielder on Dale Sveum’s bench during Monday’s opener in Pittsburgh.

The Cubs are expected to place Darwin Barney on the 15-day DL prior to Monday’s opener. Alberto Gonzalez is with the team in Pittsburgh and could be added to the roster. The Cubs would have to open another spot on the 40-man roster in order to add Gonzalez to the active roster.

Cubs 2013 Opening Day Roster

Starting Rotation

  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Edwin Jackson
  • Travis Wood
  • Scott Feldman
  • Carlos Villanueva


  • Carlos Marmol
  • Kyuji Fujikawa
  • Shawn Camp
  • James Russell
  • Michael Bowden
  • Hector Rondon
  • Hisanori Takahashi


  • Welington Castillo
  • Dioner Navarro
  • Steve Clevenger


  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Darwin Barney
  • Starlin Castro
  • Luis Valbuena
  • Brent Lillibridge


  • Alfonso Soriano
  • David DeJesus
  • Nate Schierholtz
  • Scott Hairston
  • Dave Sappelt

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  • Ripsnorter1

    The Pirates and Cubs play 19 games between them in 2013.

    That ought to help our record!

    • Ray Ray

      Pirates have kicked our a## last couple of years.

      • Theboardrider

        I was gonna say, the Pirtes have owned us. And now they have ownership that is willing to pay for talent. But I do think Mlb is better when the Pirates are relevant. Teams like them and KC should be competitive. It’s good for the game.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Correcto. It was more fun to watch Manny Sanguillen, Roberto Clement, Richie Hebner and Willie Stargell, Steve Blass, Rennie Stennett, Dave Cash, et al, than what they have thrown out on the field the last 21 years.

          • SuzyS

            Agreed….and unfortunately…I actually remember watching them…when they were good.

  • TinTin

    Can we drop somebody and claim José Arredondo from the Reds?

    • calicub

      I believe he was outrighted and not claimable

  • matthew8510

    now thats a killer opening day roster

  • Vivid_Reality

    If they play Alberto Gonzalez and burn a 40 man instead of calling up Logan Watkins, I’ll vomit.

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  • GaryLeeT

    Weather wise, it looks like the Cubs are in for a brutal series.

  • DWalker

    As much as I can say I believe in the plan and process and anticipate the future yada yada, when you see the opening day roster in print and the disabled list it still hurts. Oh well, summer sell off and high draft pick as planned, here we come.

    I don’t get Gonzalez over Watkins either.

  • Ripsnorter1

    It’s starting to look like a Bruce Levine guarantee isn’t worth the breath it takes to say it. He guaranteed–even last Saturday–that Mr. Clevenger would not make the opening day roster as a reserve INF/C.

    Next time, Mr. Levine, use Listerine.

    • Theboardrider

      Lol, I’m not in Chicago but you locals make this guys seem like such a moron. But I have to admit he always seems wrong. How do people like that stay in business? Nobody likes him, his opinions are out of whack? Is the journalism market that bad? Shoot I have a degree in journalism, where do I apply!?

      • Ripsnorter1



        I would not call Mr. Levine a moron. He just happens to be wrong on Mr. Clevenger’s future. Oh, and he’s wrong on Soriano being traded over the off season. And he’s wrong about Marmol being gone before ST started. And then wrong about Marmol being gone before ST is over. And then wrong about the Tigers wanting him. And now he says the Tigers have no interest at all (which I happen to believe). And Garza–he was traded last July trade deadline–no wait, he’ll be dealt in ST. No, no wait….he’ll be gone THIS July trade deadline.

        But there is one thing he’s sure to be right about–he says opposition hitters are not trembling in their boots with the Cubs’ collection of #4 starters.

        • 07GreyDigger

          I think Levine was reporting what management wanted to do, but couldn’t due to Marmol’s usual performances and Soriano’s unwillingness to leave. I think Levine is one of the better reporters out there.

    • triple

      It’s hard to tell if there’s a touch of sarcasm in there, but if you rely on him to get solid information, I hate to say that it just shows bad judgement on your own part. That’s why I’m hoping this is just a sarcastic post. Not like I posted it anywhere, but just following the Cubs, and getting most of my info from the CCO (THANKS NEIL AND OTHERS!), I, no joke, could have typed up this opening day roster about 2 weeks ago. It was just so frickin’ obvious!

  • SuzyS

    No matter what, it’s a great feeling to hear the words…”Play Ball”…on the first day of a new season.

    While this is somewhat tempered by the term “rebuilding year”…it is still a magical homage to the rites of Spring…like seeing your first Robin…if you live in the North.
    “The forecast for tonight is Dark…followed by Dawn.”
    -Play Ball !!!!

  • paulcatanese

    I think the people that make up the schedule are totaly clueless, why on earth they don’t have teams play teams from the south or at least in covered stadiums and avoid all the bad weather for at least a while . Makes no sense.

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